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Chet Hanks' Ex Sues Him, Alleging Abuse And Emotional Distress
Kiana Parker and Chet Hanks, the son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, have traded accusations of physical abuse in recent months.
Updated Friday, April 16 with additional comments from Kiana Parker's attorneys.
Chet Hanks’ ex-girlfriend has sued the actor and musician, alleging assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress during several violent episodes between the pair.
Attorneys for Kiana Parker announced the lawsuit against Hanks—whose famous parents are Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson—in a press conference Tuesday streamed by KTRK, citing a pattern of what they described as “escalating erratic behavior” and domestic violence.
“This is about domestic violence,” attorney Kevin Murray said. “This is about violence within the confines of a relationship between a man and woman, a man who mentally and physically and psychologically battered Kiana Parker.”
Hanks' has denied the abuse through his attorney Marty D. Singer, calling the claims "completely false, fabricated and fictional."
The lawsuit, filed in Fort Bend County in Texas and obtained by Oxygen.com, details disturbing allegations of abuse between the couple, who began dating in 2019 and had been living together before their split in January, including an incident in October while the couple was staying in New Orleans for Hanks’ role in the Showtime’s “Your Honor.”
The lawsuit alleges that Hanks became “aggressive and hostile” and began shoving and verbally abusing Parker while their pair were in their hotel room.
Hanks allegedly told Parker that she should not disrespect him because he “was in control.” The situation escalated when she told him she was leaving the hotel room, the documents state.
“At that point, Defendant Hanks grabbed her with great force, by her right arm causing instant pain, defensively she started to flail,” the lawsuit claims, adding that Hanks “pushed her with such force that Parker knocked over tables in the room.”
As she tried to flee, the lawsuit alleges that Hanks threw a bottle at her and grabbed her by a backpack she was wearing and swung her around the room, tearing the backpack and sending her flying into a table.
Hanks called her a “ghetto black b---ch,” grabbed her phone and slammed it “into pieces” on the hotel room floor, the suit alleges.
Parker fled into the hallway, but Hanks followed and they both got locked out of the hotel room. The front desk let them back into the room, where Hanks allegedly threatened her to keep silent.
He allegedly told her that he was “Chet Hanks and she wasn’t sh—, and no one would believe her, she was just a ghetto black b—ch,” the lawsuit states.
Around Dec. 22 after the couple had returned to their Sugar Land, Texas home, Hanks threatened to “blow [Parker’s] brains out” and threatened to carry out a murder-suicide, the lawsuit alleges.
Parker—a mother of two 9-year-old twins—became concerned and ultimately decided to end the relationship in early January, according to the lawsuit.
Two days later, around Jan. 8, Parker went to the Sugar Land home along with her assistant, movers and a handyman to remove her belongings. While she was packing her things, Hanks became “extremely aggressive,” following her throughout the house and bumping into her “as if he were intentionally trying to start a fight,” the lawsuit alleges.
“While Parker was packing in the kitchen, Defendant Hanks put Parker in fear of imminent bodily injury, when he picked up a knife and came at her,” the lawsuit said, adding that Parker grabbed a pot and swung it at him.
She fled the house and went outside, as she began to record the alleged assault on her cellphone.
“Furious, Defendant Hanks attempted to force the phone from her by bending her wrist and tugging on her, while manhandling her,” the lawsuit alleges. “Once outside, Defendant Hanks pushed her against the cars while trying to get the phone. Defendant wrestled and pulled up Parker’s arms in an attempt to get the phone that had recorded his violent outburst.”
Hanks allegedly kicked her legs, knocking her to the ground and then “dragged her across the pavement.” A nearby motorist heard her screams and called police. Hanks gained control of her cell phone and destroyed it, the lawsuit alleges.
Parker later secured a protective order against him in connection with the incident.
Parker’s attorneys have argued that the violent incidents left her with “severe” emotional distress, physical impairment, “loss of enjoyment of life” and loss of earnings.
The lawsuit is for $1 million, but Parker's attorneys, Murray and D’Angelo Lowe, said Friday that "as a procedural rule, we must choose a category as it relates to a dollar amount, however no monetary demand has been made at this time."
Singer, Hanks' attorney, has said the claims are false and filed a separate lawsuit against Parker on behalf of his client last month in California.
In that lawsuit, Hanks alleges that Parker attacked him with a knife while she was moving out of the home. He is seen accusing her of the abuse, while bleeding from his head, in a video originally obtained by TMZ.
In that lawsuit, obtained by People last month, Hanks accused Parker of theft, assault and battery, and alleged that she had “stolen money from him to pay for her travel expenses and travel expenses for her friend” along with rent money.
He said the day she arrived to move her things out she brought “three menacing large men,” one of whom had a gun, according to the lawsuit.
His lawsuit claims she “smashed [Hanks] over the face with the pot and cut him with a knife.”
"We consider the claims filed by Kiana Parker to be a shakedown," Singer said in a statement to Oxygen.com Thursday. "The lawsuit filed by Ms. Parker is in response to the attached lawsuit filed by Chet Hanks against Ms Parker on March 4, 2021. The day after Chet Hanks confronted Kiana Parker about stealing money from his credit card, while Ms. Parker was accompanied by a huge male carrying a gun she viciously attacked Chet which caused him to profusely bleed. It is all on video and the undisputed video tells the whole story. Her claims are completely false, fabricated and fictional."
The lawsuit comes just days after the 30-year-old released a raunchy new music video on social media to accompany the recent launch of his controversial clothing brand “White Boy Summer,” CNN reports.